As part of Eczema Awareness Month, we invited an eczema sufferer to trial our  John Plunkett Eczema Cream and some of our complimentary Nutri-Synergy products to let us know her honest thoughts. If you have ever suffered with eczema problems such as difficulty sleeping at night, aggravating fabrics, heat irritating your skin, not being able to find something to relieve the itching then read on. 

Robyns Eczema Diary

Hello my name is Robyn and I have suffered from eczema all my life. When my eczema is bad, it's red, itchy, sore and very irritating not to mention how nasty it looks. At the moment, I have it on my feet and behind my knees but it can crop up anywhere. When Plunkett's offered me a chance to write a diary of my experience I was the first one to put my hand up. I had just run out of my usual products and none of them seemed to be helping much during my latest outbreak. The timing was perfect. I had just been thinking of heading to the doctors to get some steroid cream. Steroid cream for eczema is always a last resort and something I'd rather not do. I was grateful for the opportunity that didn't involve steroid creams. These are my daily eczema struggles:

  • The itchiness
  • Difficulty sleeping through the night,
  • Wearing particular fabrics,
  • The heat making the condition worse and
  • I wanted to avoid using steroid creams

Day One

My eczema products arrived yesterday afternoon. I received the products pictured here:

I usually try and pinpoint why my eczema has flared up. I know the heat of summer makes my skin sweaty and this makes my eczema worse. I also have to be careful what materials I wear, wool and nylon aggravate it to no end. But this outbreak has perplexed me. I can't pinpoint why it is so bad, what has caused it and why it won't heal. Oh the joys of having eczema!

The Routine

I started my day using the Nutri-Synergy (NS) Sensitive Skin Cleanser in the shower. It was easy to use and I didn't experience redness or irritation which has happened in the past with other products. In fact, the NS Sensitive Skin Cleanser was surprisingly nourishing to my skin for a cleanser.

I followed with a liberal application of John Plunkett's (JP) Eczema Cream on my feet and behind the knees. The cream was nice, cooling and soothing. Although I did notice a tiny bit of itchiness behind my knees ten or fifteen minutes later. But this didn't last long.

I used the Nutri-Synergy (NS-21) Skin Repair Treatment on my arms because they are good at the moment. They only have some minor itchiness but no obvious signs of eczema and I know that this moisturiser is designed to prevent flare-ups.

I applied a second application around 3pm when my feet were becoming a bit sore and I was finding it hard to walk. I loved the instant soothing of the cream and my feet felt much better. Ahhh relief!

I gave my feet a final application just before bed. The previous night my feet were hot, sore, itchy and raw in bed. It took me ages to relax and get to sleep. Tonight there was an improvement. One foot was a bit itchy but nothing excessive and I was definitely more relaxed.

A good night's Sleep!

No soreness or itchiness!

My feet feel really good

Day Two: I followed the routine and I was pleased to note that despite it being a warm day, my feet weren't too hot, sweaty or itchy. This is rare for me, particularly when I wear socks! 

At the end of the day my feet were dry. I applied some NS-21 Skin Repair Treatment and this moisturiser helped soothe and calm my feet and make them less itchy and sore. Another good night's sleep without any usual eczema issues.

Day Three: After the usual routine I went out for a whole day. When I got home around 4pm my feet were a little sore and had started to become dry and itchy. 

I put more cream on but a short time later ended up scratching and my feet started to weep a bit in areas.

The areas behind my knees seem much better. But still early days.

Day Four: I woke up to dry feet that were a little itchy. I decided to put the NS-21 Skin Repair Treatment on my skin around the affected areas. NS-21 is so nice and cool and my feet immediately felt good.

I showered as normal and then added some NS-21 on the skin surrounding the bad eczema areas. I was keen to see if that would help minimise the itchiness later on.     

My feet feel really good - cool soothed and not so dry. No itchiness to report. It seems the NS-21 Skin Repair Treatment does prevent that itchy feeling.

Knees appears to be much improved

Soothed and calm

Skin is feeling good

Day Five: Woke up with one foot a little itchy. After breakfast I had a shower using (NS) Sensitive Skin Cleanser and then applied the NS-21 Skin Repair Treatment to areas that don't have eczema and JP Eczema Cream to the affected areas. Again nice and soothing. 

I gave a final application of cream before bed. It was a little itchy but quickly subsided and I slept really well with no real itchiness or soreness :-)

Day Six: I followed the routine and my skin is feeling good, soothed and calm. The eczema started to itch at lunchtime today.

Area behind knees appears to be much improved which is great news.

I applied the cream but scratched one foot which became weepy. The JP Eczema Cream quickly calmed it down so I could go out.

Day Seven: I was awake all night last night taking my hubby to the hospital so my feet were itchy when I got home. I applied NS-21 Skin Repair Treatment and had a few hours sleep. 

A little itchy when I woke up but I had a shower and followed the routine. I was out and about all morning at the doctors and no problems despite it being a warm day.

No signs of any issues

Not that I needed to scratch!

I didn't need to put cream on

Day Eight: I Woke up after a good night's sleep and had no issues with my feet! 

My arm crevasses that had a hint of eczema are excellent with no signs of any issues after applying moisturising cream for the past week.

Day Nine: After following the routine my feet felt a little sore around 2pm but ...not enough that I needed to scratch!

Day Ten: Used NS Cleanser, applied NS-21 Skin Repair Treatment and JP Eczema Cream in the morning and then out for most of the day. 

It was a warm day and my feet were sweaty and itchy when I got home. I reapplied the JP Eczema Cream and my feet were fine until bedtime. There was a tiny bit of itchiness but I didn't need to put cream on at bedtime!   

My Overall Thoughts

I liked both the NS Sensitive Skin Cleanser, NS-21 Skin Repair Treatment and would definitely buy this again. Whilst using NS-21 Skin Repair Treatment on my arms, there has been no sign of any eczema outbreaks, even though at the start of the trial I felt like some was going to appear. I definitely need the NS-21 Skin Repair Treatment as well as the JP Eczema Cream, not only to prevent future outbreaks, but to stop the surrounding areas drying out the problem area. There have been several advantages using the JP Eczema Cream (soothing, calming and less itchiness most of the time) I would be happy to have it on hand when I need some instant soothing .

JP Eczema Cream seems to heal the upper eczema layers relatively quickly by drying them out. That layer then peels away or drops off if left alone. My skin is very dry so the drying out process makes it tight and more itchy. It does soothe instantly which I really needed and I liked how much it helped in such a short amount of time. While my feet have still been red on occasions my feet haven't been as sore which is great.

Thanks Robyn

We would like to thank Robyn for her candid thoughts and for detailing so clearly her eczema concerns. We know how much eczema impacts your life and we love being able to provide skin care that effectively works on your skin problems. Why not try our range for yourself?

Please note: John Plunkett's Eczema Cream is a listed Pharmacy Medicine under the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). If you use or are intending to use John Plunkett's Eczema Cream always read the label. Use only as directed and if symptoms persist please seek medical advice.

The 3 Step Routine

We have created a three step "new skin" regime designed to help eczema sufferers. So if you would like new skin like Robyn then why not try our regime. The three steps are designed to:

Restore your skin by gently cleansing with the Nutri-Synergy Sensitive Skin Cleanser

Repair your skin with John Plunkett Eczema Cream

Maintain your new skin with NS-21 Skin Repair Treatment